MasterChef star Jock Zonfrillo's body found by police at 2am
The popular TV personality has died aged 46.
MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo’s death was announced by his family on Monday afternoon, and while the cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, more information has been released by Victoria Police.
The Scottish chef was found dead at 2am Monday morning at an address on Melbourne’s famous Lygon Street, after police were called to perform a welfare check. The TV personality was just 46 years old when he passed, and is survived by his third wife Lauren and his children Ava, Sophie, Alfie and Isla.
Officers are planning to make a report for the coroner about Jock’s death in Carlton.
“Police attended a Lygon Street address for a welfare check and located a man deceased about 2am on May 1,” the spokesperson said.
“The 46-year-old man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.”
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His family confirmed his death in an Instagram post on Monday afternoon, asking the public to please give them space to “grieve privately”.
“With completely shattered hearts and without knowing how we can possibly move through life without him, we are devastated to share that Jock passed away yesterday,” they wrote,
“So many words can describe him, so many stories can be told, but at this time we’re too overwhelmed to put them into words. For those who crossed his path, became his mate, or were lucky enough to be his family, keep this proud Scot in your hearts when you have your next whisky.
“We implore you to please let us grieve privately as we find a way to navigate through this and find space on the other side to celebrate our irreplaceable husband, father, brother, son and friend.”
Tributes flow for Jock Zonfrillo
His family's Instagram post has been flooded with comments from former stars of the franchise, as well as fellow media personalities and fans.
“I am literally in so much shock and hands are shaking,” Minoli De Silva wrote. “This is devastating news. I am so sad to hear this news.”
“I’m heartbroken and my hands are shaking as I type this,” Dulan Hapuarachchi said. “My deepest condolences to Jock’s family. He was such a great human being and we have lost a great one! ‘Give back more than you take’ [was] the last thing he ever told me. Rest in peace Mate we will miss you!”
“I’m so so sorry! My condolences,” Khanh Ong replied, followed by Laura Sharrad who shared, “This is heartbreaking news, sending love to you all”.
“I’m so shocked… rest in peace chef, my heart and condolences to loved ones,” Reynold Poer commented.
“Shocked and heartbroken,” Emelia Jackson shared. “RIP Jock, you will be sorely missed. My condolences to your beautiful family.”
Jock joined MasterChef in 2019 and starred alongside Melissa Leong and Andy Allen in the series - which recently postponed its season fifteen premiere from tonight to next week.
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